Grounding off Falster due to navigational mistake - no pilot on board
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Grounding off Falster due to navigational mistake - no pilot on board

Grounding off Falster due to navigational mistake - no pilot on board

30 August 2017 - 20:00 - Update: 31 August 2017 - 00:14


On Aug 29, 2017, at 1 p.m. the "Star of Sawara" ran aground off the southern tip of Falster, 15 kilometers SE of the coast in pos. 54 28N 012 11E, on its way from Ust-Luga, where she had sailed on Aug 27 at 5.50 a.m., to New Orleans with a cargo of fertilizer. The vessel was detained until there is a salvage plan. Only after it has been approved by the Danish Defense Operations Center (JRCC) and the Danish Maritime Administration, an attempt can be made to refloat the ship which has a draught of 13,2 meters. The naval service sent the patrol boat "Najaden" to the area as well as an environmental surveillance aircraft to check if oil has been released from the grounded vessel. Actually nothing indicated that an oil pollution had occurred. For safety reasons, the pollution control vessel "Gunnar Thorson" was deployed to Gedser. The tug "Fairplay XII“ (IMO: 9107409) arrived on site at midnight. The reason for the grounding in the deep water way was that the "Star of Sawara" turned too early when heading west to the traffic separation scheme in the Fehmern Belt and got into the part of the separation zone that is not part of the deep-sea route. While there was a pilot commission from Gedser to Skagen for ships in the size of the "Star of Sawara", she had no pilot on board.     (9 hours ago, by Timsen )

Source: VesselTracker.Com
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